Gild Names Acclaimed Human Data Science Pioneer Dr. Vivienne Ming Chief Scientist

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Neuroscientist, Entrepreneur and Founder of Socos Brings Human Data Science Expertise to Recruiting Technology Startup

Dr. Vivienne Ming

For over a decade, Dr. Ming has led an array of breakthrough social science initiatives, including the creation of unique equations to understand how people present themselves digitally and engage online.

Gild, which brings meritocracy to HR through innovative recruiting technologies, today announced that Vivienne Ming, Ph.D., has joined the company as Chief Data Scientist.

Dr. Vivienne Ming joins Gild tasked with applying the latest advances in human behavioral analytics and neuropsychology to improve recruiting processes for hiring organizations and jobseekers alike.

“For over a decade, Dr. Ming has focused on human perception and cognition models, and has become a hugely influential proponent of the use of technology to gain insight into the minds of individuals,” said Sheeroy Desai, co-founder and CEO of Gild. “She has led an array of breakthrough social science initiatives, including the creation of unique equations to understand how people present themselves digitally and engage online.”

Dr. Ming is the founder of Socos, an educational technology and data mining company that makes people fundamentally smarter by combining machine learning and learning sciences.

In her role at Gild, she will lead data mining, analytics design and algorithm development for Gild Source, the organization’s flagship recruiting technology for identifying and profiling developer candidates. Her objective will be to dramatically expand the reach, precision and effectiveness of Gild Source as a talent identification, skills measurement and candidate engagement platform.

Dr. Ming earned her doctorate in Psychology and Computational Neuroscience from Carnegie Mellon University and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition researching information theoretic models of sensory and attentional processing. She earned a B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience with honors at UCSD working on developing an algorithm for reading human facial expressions from video, with additional application as attention monitors for automated tutoring systems.

“Every recruiter wants a search tool that can automatically tailor itself to the specific needs of their client,” said Dr. Ming. “And while the Internet is rich with data about job-seekers, one of the most fundamental challenges to Human Resources lies in qualifying a potential candidate’s skill-set and organizational value.”

“By combining analytics and data mining, Gild will be able to dramatically improve the process of accurately identifying, presenting and reaching out to candidates with employment opportunities that best match their unique skill sets with an organization’s needs,” added Dr. Ming.

Previously, Dr. Ming worked as a research fellow at Stanford's Mind, Brain & Computation center and at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, where she remains a visiting scholar. She has developed novel and influential models of human perception and attention, and has been published in prestigious scientific journals including Nature and Neural Computation.

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About Gild
HR and recruiting have been begging for innovation. That’s why Gild is here. Gild exists to bring meritocracy to the professional world by providing hiring solutions that illuminate who’s talented. Companies use Gild’s patent-pending hiring solutions to find and engage the best candidates out there. Unlike professional networks and job boards, Gild’s solutions tell companies how good different prospects are, and provide the social insights hiring teams need to engage prospects effectively. Launched in 2011, Gild is backed by Globespan Capital Partners and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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